The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation” in resolving the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea, the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo said Friday.
Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility.
The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns, or around $900,000, will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10.
Several names were considered top contenders for this years prize, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The selection committee consists of five people selected by Norway’s parliament.
Since 1901, there have been 99 Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to individuals and 24 have gone to organizations.